Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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Life in Mississippi: An Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer, No. 2, 1965

J. H. O'DELL

This article is from the special issue on the Mississippi Freedom Summer, "Mississippi: Opening Up the Closed Society." "At the time of this interview, Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer was vice chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party ( MFDP) and a candidate for Congress from the Second Congressional District of that state. J. H. O'Dell, an editor of Freedomways, was director of the SCLC's voter registration program in the South.

... O'Dell : Mrs. Hamer, it's good to see you again. We want to talk about some of your early childhood experiences which helped to make you the kind of person you are and provided the basis for your becoming so active in the Freedom Movement.

Hamer : I would like to talk about some of the things that happened that made me know that there was something wrong in the south from a child. My parents moved to Sunflower County when I

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